Whether you are a senior trying to land your first full-time job or a student simply looking for part-time work to earn some spending money during the school year, the Office of Career Services is available to help you successfully navigate through the job-search process. Because each student’s needs are unique, you are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a member of the Career Services Office for personalized assistance with your job search.
Full-Time, Part-Time, and Seasonal Employment
The Office of Career Services has many resources to help you find a job after Hendrix or during your time as a student.
- HireHendrix – As Career Services' internal job and internship posting system, HireHendrix* gives you access to a
wide variety of job-search resources and local and nationwide opportunities. Postings include post-graduate jobs, internships, part-time jobs, summer opportunities, student employment opportunities, and more. This is also where all available on-campus student employment positions are listed.
- Job Postings Bulletin Board – Located outside of SLTC 226, our Job Postings bulletin board features information about post-graduate opportunities as well as local, part-time jobs, and seasonal employment.
- Career and Internship Fair – Career Services hosts its annual Career and Internship Fair each spring in early March with recruiters from around the region who are available to talk with students about internship and employment opportunities at their companies or organizations. Our 2020 fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 5. Click here for more information on this year's event.
- Employer Information Sessions and On-Campus Interviews – We work to bring a variety of recruiters to campus each year to inform students about available employment opportunities at their companies or organizations. Recruiters often conduct on-campus interviews with interested students, as well. Such events have recently included recruiters from companies like Windstream Communications, Murphy USA, Stephens Inc., and Fast Enterprises to organizations like Teach For America,
the U.S. Department of State, Peace Corps, and City Year. Stay tuned to Hendrix Today, the Career Services Facebook page, and our Upcoming Events bulletin board outside of SLTC 226 for more information about upcoming information sessions and on-campus interviews.
- Employer and Alumni Connections – Through various outreach efforts, Career Services staff members work to build relationships with a wide variety of companies and organizations to increase employment opportunities for Hendrix students. We are happy to help identify and refer eligible students for job placement at these companies and organizations. Hendrix also has a large alumni base, and we can assist students in connecting with alumni in their chosen career field for networking as well as job placement.
“Gap Year” Employment
Many Hendrix students choose to seek some type of short-term employment after graduating during what is commonly known as a “gap year” – a period in which students undertake activities such as traveling, volunteering, research, or working abroad before pursuing graduate school or entering the workforce, full time. Recent Hendrix graduates have spent their gap year working with programs all over the world, including Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach For America, City Year, WWOOF, and overseas TEFL programs.
Information on these and other opportunities available to students who are considering a gap year is available in the Office of Career Services as well as the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling. Opportunities may also be found utilizing the resources listed above.
Employment on Campus
Job opportunities are available on campus in many different academic and administrative departments. Both Federal Work-Study (FWS) and non-Federal Work-Study (called Hendrix Work Program) opportunities exist; however, positions are limited. Students who proactively begin seeking employment on campus as early in the semester as possible tend to have the best chances of securing an available position. All student employment jobs are posted on HireHendrix. More information is also available at www.hendrix.edu/GetWorkStudy. You may contact Financial Aid at (501) 450-1368 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether or not you’re eligible to receive FWS funding. If you are eligible for FWS funding, this information will also be featured on your Financial Aid Award Letter.
General Job-Search Assistance
Beginning the job-search process can be intimidating, as can the application and interviewing processes that come along with it. The Office of Career Services is here to help ease your stress and guide you through the entire process – from start to finish!
Contact us for assistance in any of the following areas:
- Online Resources – The Internet is a powerful tool for researching industries and organizations as well as identifying available employment opportunities. We can show you how to properly utilize this important resource and provide you with some of the best websites to use in your search based on what you want to do, who you want to work with, and where you want to live. A listing of some of these websites is available on the Career Services website under the Resources tab.
- Networking Tips – Who you know may be more important than what you know. Recent studies indicate that the vast majority of job opportunities are never publicly advertised. In these cases, employers depend on internal recruitment strategies and
“word-of-mouth” referrals. Therefore, networking plays a much larger role in the job-search process than ever before. From requesting an informational interview to attending professional networking events to utilizing social media sites like LinkedIn to connect with alumni and potential employers, it’s important for you to know successful networking strategies and to be confident in implementing them.
- Resume Development and Review – Whether you’re starting your resume from scratch or just need help making a few minor updates to your existing copy, Career Services can help you create a polished, well-organized piece that showcases your education,
experience, achievements, and skills.
- Cover Letter Writing – Not sure what to include in your cover letter or how to organize it? Need help explaining why you’re the best candidate for a job in one page? Let us assist you in crafting a personalized letter that will land you an interview.
- Interviewing Process and Techniques – Interviewing can be a terrifying experience for any job seeker. Preparation is the key to success. From discussing common interview questions to addressing ways to conduct yourself in different scenarios to
answering questions about appropriate attire, Career Services can help you prepare for any type of interview, including in-person, phone, and Skype interviews.
- Mock Interviews – Mock interviews are generally tailored for a specific job opportunity or industry and provide students with interviewing practice as well as feedback on social cues, dress, answers to questions, and overall presentation. Mock interviews are scheduled with a Career Services staff member or an alumnus in your intended career field. Mock phone and Skype interviews are also available.
- Professional Etiquette – Is it acceptable to have a cocktail or two at a company’s “meet and greet” event? Should I send a thank-you note after an interview? What are good topics of conversation for dinner with a prospective employer? Let us teach
you how to conduct yourself professionally during the job-search process.
- Accepting, Declining, and Negotiating Offers – After a lot of hard work and preparation, you’ve aced the interview and have received a job offer. Maybe more than one offer. Or an offer with a salary level or benefits package you’re not comfortable accepting. Or maybe even one at a company for which you longer wish to work. The Career Services staff can advise you in the process of accepting, declining, or negotiating job offers.
The Career Services Resource Library in SLTC 238 has shelves full of books and guides that address all the topics listed above. Students are highly encouraged to utilize these resources, free of charge. Helpful information is also available on the Career Services website under the
Are you having trouble beginning your job search because you’re still not quite sure what you want to do? Career Services staff members are happy to help you explore your options. We administer a variety of assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type
Indicator (MBTI) and the Self-Directed Search (SDS), that identify occupations and career fields for which you are well suited. Additionally, our Resource Library in SLTC 238 is well stocked with books that outline different career paths, including possible job titles and employers, for nearly every major offered at Hendrix. Our subscription to
What Can I Do With This Major? gives students access to another helpful – and free – resource. This website allows you to learn about the common career areas and types of employers that hire people with a particular major. It also provides strategies designed to maximize career opportunities as well as occupational outlook information and links to related job postings.